Undergraduate Summer Scholars

Contact Us About USS

Next Student Application Deadline Feb 2, 2018

Martha Weber 
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research
Suite 122 King Library
513-529-2455
undergradresearch@miamioh.edu

The USS program enables Miami undergraduates to conduct research or other creative scholarly activities in close collaboration with a faculty mentor during the summer term. With its primary goals on student-centered learning through mentored research, the program aligns with President Hodge’s call for “active, engaged educational experiences for our undergraduates through the fusion of scholarship and teaching”.

Eligibility and Program Goals

The USS program is open to Miami students completing their sophomore or junior years (having earned at least 60 credit hours) who agree to abide by the terms of the program. Students must verify plans to spend at least one semester as a Miami undergraduate after program participation. Each student receives a: $2,600 fellowship award, $400 project expense, and tuition-only waiver for required 6 credit hours of independent study credit for conducting the research project. Faculty mentors must be full-time tenured or tenure-eligible. Faculty mentors will receive $600 for professional or project expenses.

The program encourages students to develop their capacity to construct knowledge by reflecting on their experience and by crafting their ability to articulate the meaning of their discoveries. USS program heightens the intellectual level of the Miami learning environment by enabling our undergraduates to conceive and carry out a summer independent research or other creative activity under the supervision of an individual Miami faculty mentor.

Application Process

Read the previous year's USS 2017 Guidelines carefully. Starting in early fall semester, interested students are responsible for seeking a faculty member to mentor the summer research project. Or a faculty member can suggest a project to a student. The student and faculty member should then discuss and agree upon a general project plan to conduct the research. 

Download the USS application form, enter the required data, place the form in front of your two-page proposal and obtain your mentor's signature before you submit to the original application to the department or program of your USS faculty mentor.

Prepare your two-page single spaced proposal to answer these questions.

  • On page 1: Explain the project purpose, the goals and the expected outcomes of the project and describe the educational benefit to the student of completing the research project.
  • On page 2: Describe in detail the plan by which the student will carry out the research project and by which the faculty mentor will provide adequate supervision and support for the student during his/her participation. You might think of this section as a public agreement between the student and the mentor. Relevant information might include the expected manner, form and frequency of interactions between the student and faculty member and a description of the student plan to carry out the research project, a description of any planned product as the result of the research as well as a plan to meet the project milestones.

Note: Departments and Programs will collect and review all USS applications for eligibility and then will use an online form to submit the applications to the Office of Research for Undergraduates. Send an email to undergradresearch@MiamiOH.edu for information on the submission process.